Nora Perry (badminton)

Nora Perry MBE (born 1954 as Nora Gardner) is an English former badminton player noted for her anticipation, racket control, and tactical astuteness. A doubles specialist, Perry won numerous major titles, with a variety of partners, from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. These included six All-England mixed doubles and two All-England women's doubles championships. She won both the 1980 IBF World Championships and the 1980 European Championships in women's doubles with Jane Webster. Three years later, she won the 1983 IBF World Championships title in mixed doubles with Thomas Kihlström. Generally regarded as one of the greatest female mixed doubles players in the game's history, in 1999 she was inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame.

Nora Perry
Personal information
Birth nameNora Gardner
CountryEngland
Born (1954-06-15) 15 June 1954 (age 68)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Great Britain
World Games
Silver medal – second place 1981 Santa Clara Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1981 Santa Clara Mixed doubles
Representing  England
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Jakarta Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1983 Copenhagen Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1983 Copenhagen Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1980 Jakarta Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Malmö Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Malmö Mixed doubles
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1984 Jakarta Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1985 Jakarta Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Kyoto Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Jakarta Women's doubles
Uber Cup
Silver medal – second place 1984 Kuala Lumpur Women's team
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1978 Edmonton Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1978 Edmonton Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1978 Edmonton Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1974 Christchurch Mixed doubles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Preston Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1980 Groningen Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1978 Preston Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1980 Groningen Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1974 Vienna Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1976 Dublin Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1982 Böblingen Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1982 Böblingen Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Dublin Mixed doubles
European Mixed Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 1974 Vienna Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1978 Preston Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1982 Böblingen Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1976 Dublin Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1980 Groningen Mixed team
European Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1971 Gottwaldov Girls' doubles
Silver medal – second place 1971 Gottwaldov Mixed doubles

AchievementsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Brøndbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark   Thomas Kihlström   Steen Fladberg
  Pia Nielsen
15–1, 15–11   Gold

World CupEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Thomas Kihlström   Christian Hadinata
  Ivana Lie
15–18, 15–13, 15–8   Gold

International tournamentsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1982 Denmark Open   Thomas Kihlström   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
15–11, 15–9   Winner
1982 Victor Cup   Thomas Kihlström   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
9–15, 15–9, 15–9   Winner
1982 Scandinavian Cup   Thomas Kihlström   Steen Fladberg
  Pia Nielsen
18–15, 15–12   Winner
1983 Japan Open   Thomas Kihlström   Martin Dew
  Gillian Gilks
15–5, 15–2   Winner
1983 Swedish Open   Thomas Kihlström   Dipak Tailor
  Barbara Sutton
15–7, 15–1   Winner
1983 All England Open   Thomas Kihlström   Steen Skovgaard
  Anne Skovgaard
18–16, 11–15, 15–6   Winner
Rank Event Date Venue
World Championships
1 Women's doubles 1980   Jakarta, Indonesia
2 Mixed doubles 1980   Jakarta, Indonesia
2 Women's doubles 1983   Copenhagen, Denmark
3 Women's doubles 1977  , Malmö, Sweden
3 Mixed doubles 1977  , Malmö, Sweden
European Championships
1 Women's doubles 1978   Preston, England
1 Mixed doubles 1978   Preston, England
1 Women's doubles 1980   Groningen, Netherlands
1 Mixed doubles 1980   Groningen, Netherlands
2 Women's doubles[1] 1974   Vienna, Austria
2 Women's doubles[1] 1976   Dublin, Ireland
2 Women's doubles 1982   Böblingen, Germany
2 Mixed doubles 1982   Böblingen, Germany
3 Mixed doubles 1976   Dublin, Ireland
All England Open
1 Women's doubles 1980, 1981   Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England
1 Mixed doubles 1975,[1] 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985   Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c As Nora Gardner

ReferencesEdit

  • All England Champions 1899-2007
  • English results
  • European results
  • Pat Davis: The Encyclopaedia of Badminton. Robert Hale, London, 1987, p. 120-121, ISBN 0-7090-2796-6